Butler County Veteran of the Year honored

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:22 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 2:59 PM

Butler County Veteran of the Year Ron Dzikowski

Applause was the sound of the day at the Michael J. Colligan Lodge at Veterans Park in Hamilton on Friday.

There, veterans and politicians observed Veterans Day, which is today, and honored Butler County’s Veteran of the Year.

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Ron Dzikowski, commander of the VFW Post 7696 in West Chester Twp., was bestowed the honor of Veteran of Year for his contributions to the post, including tripling the number of active members and leading the restoration of the home where the group meets

Dzikowski said a few years ago only maybe 10 people would attend meetings and now 30 are routinely involved in the activities at the Post, which is unusual these days.

“It’s a great honor,” he said about the designation. “I didn’t do this for the accolades I did it because of my concern about my fellow veterans. And I’m going to still continue doing it.”

State Rep. George Lang, a former West Chester Twp. trustee, was the keynote speaker for the event that celebrated all veterans.

“In my opinion all veterans are heroes. I know many of you who have served and come back, you say you’re not the hero, the heroes are those who did not return, those are the true heroes” Lang said. “You may be right, but my definition of a hero is this: anybody that put their life on the line for the benefit or the safety of another or anybody who is willing to put their life on the line for the benefit of another … are heroes.”

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Lang told the group he is not a hero and doesn’t know if he could step up, but went on to say everyone needs to teach young people that sports icons and entertainers are not heroes. That the service men and women and veterans gathered in the lodge were.

“They should be known that the true heroes are not the sports heroes but they are the men and women who served our community,” Lang said. “Our heroes today are not Colin Kaepernick but they are people like Warren Davidson who fought for our country.”

Congressman Davidson was also on hand for the ceremony and took the opportunity to scold his colleagues in Washington for the lack of a national security plan, for breaking promises they made to veterans and for not providing adequate funding. He said even with those problems young people are still signing up to serve, which is a “humbling” thing.

He described service in the military like this:

“Everyone who served knows it could cost everything, including your life but scripture says that greater love has no man when asked that he lay down his life for his friends,” Davidson said. “It’s an anathema, complete contradictory to say every man for himself in uniform, because it’s the exact opposite, you win as a team, you win as a unit, you win as a nation.”

3 connections Charles Manson has to southwest Ohio

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

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Mass murderer Charles Manson died Sunday night, according to reports.

Here are three connections Manson has to Ohio:

1. Born in Cincinnati. Charles Manson was born “no name Maddox” to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox in 1934, according to hospital records unearthed for a 1987 Al Schottelkotte News special. He was born at Cincinnati General Hospital, which is where University of Cincinnati Hospital is today, news partner WCPO reported. He was eventually given the surname “Manson” when his mother married William Manson.

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2. Transient childhood. Manson’s childhood was transient, moving to West Virginia with relatives before he turned 6 years old. Then, he lived with his mother in various hotel rooms. “The next couple of years saw us in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and probably a couple more states, and who knows how many cities,” Manson said in an autobiography. Manson had several run-ins with law enforcement through his childhood and young adulthood. At 9 years old, he was caught stealing and sent to reform school. He was later placed in the Gibault School for Boys in Indiana, but ran away. He spent time in several juvenile detention centers and childcare centers and was placed in the Chillicothe Correctional Facility in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1952.

3. Dayton locations for Manson film. Several films and documentaries have been created about Manson’s cult killings. Jim Van Bebber, an American film director who attended Wright State University, created “The Manson Family” — a cross between a fictional story and a documentary. Scenes for the film, which was released in the early 2000s, were filmed in Dayton.

Cool and sunny today, rain/snow mix possible Tuesday evening

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Darke County remains under a flood warning until 8:45 a.m. today.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Frigid morning
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: It will be a bitter cold morning with temperatures in the 20s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Skies will be clear with plenty of sunshine through the afternoon. Highs will climb to the mid-40s, which is a little cooler than normal. It will be clear and chilly tonight with temperatures in the low 30s.

Tuesday: It will be a dry start to the day with sunshine. Clouds will increase into the afternoon and highs will reach around 50. A weak front will pass into the night. Some passing light rain showers are possible for the evening. A rain/snow mix is possible and showers will end quickly overnight.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be sunshine and a few clouds. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

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Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • Rip Rap Road is closed due to high water. 
  • Crews are responding to a crash on Ballinger Road near Old Springfield Road in Union. The crash was reported shortly after 2 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: SR 48 to US 40 east to SR 49 to I-70 west.
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 east, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. The official detour is SR 48 to US 40 east to Airport Access Road to I-70 east.
  • US 35 east Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. - Nov. 17 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east

CLARK COUNTY  

  • SR 4 between I-70 and Enon Road, Lane closures Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Enon Road Ramp to SR 4 south, RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. The official detour is: SR 4 north to SR 369 to SR 4 south
  • SR 4 north Ramp to Enon Road, Intermittent RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. The official detour is: SR 4 north to SR 369 to SR 4 south to Enon Road

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 705 between Holthaus Road and Baumer Brandewie Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 8 - 22. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 119 to SR 364

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. national anthem, stands for Mexico's

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:45 AM

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Star NFL running back Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders was spotted sitting on the sidelines as the U.S. national anthem played before a Sunday afternoon game in Mexico against the New England Patriots.

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Lynch appeared to take his demonstration a step further by standing during the Mexican national anthem, according to reporters at the game:

Some social media users responded, claiming that this was “false news" and that Lynch was sitting because his equipment was being worked on.

According to Sports Illustrated, it’s not the first time Lynch chose to sit during the anthem. In fact, he’s been doing it all season.

 The Bleacher Report said over the summer that Lynch claimed he had been sitting during the anthem for 11 years, and his coach, Jack Del Rio, responded to that by saying, “It’s a non-issue for me.”

“On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we’re on the same page,” Del Rio said. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’ I said, ‘So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I’m going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. We’ll do ours.’ It’s a non-issue for me.”

Earlier on Sunday, Rare covered a retired NFL running back who strongly disagrees with the protests occurring during the national anthem.

Former NFL stand-out Herschel Walker blamed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing protests during the national anthem to become routine occurrences during the 2017 season and potentially beyond.

Walker said that he finds the protests “upsetting” and that they should have been stopped when they started.

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“I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning.”

Walker said that if people want to protest they should do so in Washington, D.C.

“Our flag is very special, and black lives matter, but what we should do is go to Washington after the season and protest there instead. We have young men and women fighting for the flag. And we have to respect the White House,” he added.

Previously, Walker said that the NFL should make a rule that says players can only protest while “off the job.”

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“I do, I think it means making a league-wide rule that if you want to protest, protest off the job. One of the things I want to say about the protests, where was everyone before the season started?” he asked. “I didn’t see anyone protesting in front of the White House, protesting in front of Congress or protesting in front of police officers. Why did we wait until football season started to start this again?”

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